The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture

The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture

by Jerrilynn D. Dodds, María Rosa Menocal, Abigail Krasner Balbale
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300142145

ISBN-13: 9780300142143

Pub. Date: 11/03/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

Named a Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement, this lavishly illustrated work explores the vibrant interaction among different and sometimes opposing cultures, and how their contacts with one another transformed them all. It chronicles the tumultuous history of Castile in the wake of the Christian capture of the Islamic city of…  See more details below

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Named a Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement, this lavishly illustrated work explores the vibrant interaction among different and sometimes opposing cultures, and how their contacts with one another transformed them all. It chronicles the tumultuous history of Castile in the wake of the Christian capture of the Islamic city of Tulaytula, now Toledo, in the eleventh century and traces the development of Castilian culture as it was forged in the new intimacy of Christians with the Muslims and Jews they had overcome. 

The authors paint a portrait of the culture through its arts, architecture, poetry and prose, uniquely combining literary and visual arts. Concentrating on the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the book reveals the extent to which Castilian identity is deeply rooted in the experience of confrontation, interaction, and at times union with Hebrew and Arabic cultures during the first centuries of its creation. Abundantly illustrated, the volume serves as a splendid souvenir of southern Spain; beautifully written, it illuminates a culture deeply enriched by others.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300142143
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
287,570
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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